12 Interesting Facts About Diwali
1. Of course, Diwali is a great festival of light but the way each part of the country celebrates is simply amazing. Can you believe the fact that a single festival is celebrated for different reasons throughout the country for different reasons but with a single name!
2. Diwali is not only celebrated by Hindus but also by Sikhs and Jains.
3. Hindus in each part of India celebrates Diwali for different reasons like the return of Ram and Sita from exile
4. The return of Pandavas from 12 years of vanavas and 1 year of agyatavas worshipping Lakshmi as a symbol of prosperity and wealth as she was born in the ocean of milk during the tug of war between the good and the evil.
5. Lakshmi accepted to marry Vishnu in the night of Diwali
6. In the certain part of India, the feast of Ankoot is celebrated where Lord Krishna is worshipped by offering 56 to 108 different recipes.
7. Diwali also starts the beginning of a new year the merchants start a new account on this auspicious day. Diwali is celebrated for five days.
On the first day, Lakshmi Pooja is done and valuables like gold and silver are brought.
On the second day, its called as Choti Diwali where the home is decorated, rangoli is put on the entrance of the home and the women put henna designs on their hand.
The third day is a praying day with offerings to Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha, Saraswati and Kubera for a new prosperous year.
The next day is Diwali which is celebrated with great pomp and crackers.
8. The 5th day is called Padwa and this day is mainly to cherish the relationship of husband and wife. The special feast is provided to the newly married couple by the bride’s family.
9. The next day is something special for the brother and sister. Just like Raksha Bandhan, sisters pray to God for the wellness of their brothers. Its called Bai Dooj.
10. Diwali is celebrated in countries of Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mauritius, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, the Netherlands, Canada, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and the United States.
11. The total cost of the crackers that is burst is more than one million dollars.
12. Bursting fireworks also have the risk of Heart attack, respiratory problems, and high blood pressure.
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